History UsefulNotes / Sweden

5th Dec '17 4:48:03 PM nombretomado
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* Stockholm is a terrifying place, if ''CryOfFear'' is to be believed.

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* Stockholm is a terrifying place, if ''CryOfFear'' ''VideoGame/CryOfFear'' is to be believed.
15th Nov '17 11:47:14 AM snichols1973
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Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Sverige''), officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Konungariket Sverige''), is a Northern European country and democratic monarchy, with King Carl XVI Gustaf holding the ceremonial crown and about eight different political parties in parliament, depending on popular vote. The monarch is required to be a Protestant (Lutheran). The country also has equal rights for both sexes when it comes to inheriting the throne, having a woman, Crown Princess Victoria as heir apparent.[[note]]In fact, Victoria herself has a female heir apparent in her daughter Princess Estelle.[[/note]] For much of the 20th century, Swedish politics has been dominated by the centre-left Social Democrats, though their influence has waned in recent years. Tage Erlander, the Prime Minister from 1946 to 1969, holds the record for being the longest-serving leader of a democracy.

Was one of the first countries in the world to have a telegraphy line, with a line entering use in 1796. This, however, led to Sweden being reluctant to adopt ''electrical'' telegraphy, which explains why Sweden's (and the world's) last commercial semaphore line ceased operation in 1880, some forty years after the electrical telegraph had entered commercial use. A few decades later, Sweden became an early adopter of telephones, much thanks to an industrialist named Lars Magnus Ericsson.

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Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Sverige''), officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Konungariket Sverige''), is a Northern European country and democratic monarchy, with King Carl XVI Gustaf holding the ceremonial crown and about eight different political parties in parliament, depending on popular vote. The monarch is required to be a Protestant (Lutheran). The country also has equal rights for both sexes when it comes to inheriting the throne, having a woman, Crown Princess Victoria as heir apparent.[[note]]In fact, Victoria herself has a female heir apparent in her daughter Princess Estelle.[[/note]] For much of the 20th century, Swedish politics has been dominated by the centre-left Social Democrats, though their influence has waned in recent years. Tage Erlander, the Prime Minister from 1946 to 1969, holds the record for being the longest-serving leader of a democracy.

democracy. Sweden is also notable as being the first country to completely outlaw corporal punishment of children, with parental rights being removed in 1966, and explicitly banning corporal punishment in the schools and homes in 1979, with an amendment to the Parenthood and Guardianship Code, reading: "Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing. Children are to be treated with respect for their person and individuality and may not be subjected to corporal punishment or any other humiliating treatment."

Was one of the first countries in the world to have a telegraphy line, with a line entering use in 1796. This, however, led to Sweden being reluctant to adopt ''electrical'' telegraphy, which explains why Sweden's (and the world's) last commercial semaphore line ceased operation in 1880, some forty years after the electrical telegraph had entered commercial use. A few decades later, Sweden became an early adopter of telephones, much thanks to an industrialist named Lars Magnus Ericsson.
Ericsson, with Johan Ullman's prototypes leading to the development of Bluetooth wireless headset technology.



* Music/{{ABBA}} is still the most famous Swedish band, but there are many others. Sweden is the world's third largest exporter of music after the US and the UK, possibly because of the combination of assimilation of those countries' modern musical traditions and the easy access to free music instruction. Other Swedish bands/musicians include rock bands like Music/{{Europe}}, Music/TheHives and Music/TheCardigans, as well as pop groups like Music/AceOfBase and Music/TheSounds and singers like Neneh Cherry. Sweden is also home to many Metal bands (see below).

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* Music/{{ABBA}} is still the most famous Swedish band, but there are many others. Sweden is the world's third largest exporter of music after the US and the UK, possibly because of the combination of assimilation of those countries' modern musical traditions and the easy access to free music instruction. Other Swedish bands/musicians include rock bands like Music/{{Europe}}, Music/TheHives Music/ATeens, Music/TheHives and Music/TheCardigans, as well as pop groups like Music/AceOfBase and Music/TheSounds and singers like Neneh Cherry. Sweden is also home to many Metal bands (see below).



* Sweden is also famous for Volvo and IKEA, the former a car which always has its headlights on (per Swedish law) and the latter a flat-pack furniture store that is a day out in itself. Sweden is also home to another famous car company, SAAB. However, two international car manufacturers in such a small country as Sweden makes the sales a bit shaky, and the company has changed hands approximately every 20 years since being funded in the late 1940s. Another Swedish company that is well known is H&M, a clothing retailer known as "the IKEA of fashion". It originally was only women's clothing but has expanded to men and children and even home goods.

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* Sweden is also famous for Volvo and IKEA, the former a car which always has its headlights on (per Swedish law) and the latter a flat-pack furniture store that is a day out in itself. Sweden is also home to another famous car company, SAAB. However, two international car manufacturers in such a small country as Sweden makes the sales a bit shaky, and the company has changed hands approximately every 20 years since being funded in the late 1940s. Another Other well-known Swedish company that is well known is companies include H&M, a clothing retailer known as "the IKEA of fashion". It fashion"; it originally was only women's clothing but has expanded to men and children and even home goods.goods. Another well-known Swedish company is Electrolux, which originally started out in 1919 with vacuum cleaners under the 1960's U.K. marketing slogan "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux", and expanded to washing machines, dishwashers, and other home appliances.
23rd Oct '17 4:47:13 AM Piterpicher
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* Sweden is the third biggest video game developing country in the world behind the US and Japan, with the majority of indie game developers in the Western world coming from Sweden and Swedish companies making many of the most popular modern video games series, including ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the second highest selling video game in the world only behind ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, Notch, {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena''), DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.) and Creator/MachineGames (''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'').

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* Sweden is the third biggest video game developing country in the world behind the US and Japan, with the majority of indie game developers in the Western world coming from Sweden and Swedish companies making many of the most popular modern video games series, including ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the second highest selling video game in the world only behind ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, Notch, {{Nifflas}} Creator/{{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena''), DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.) and Creator/MachineGames (''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'').
11th Oct '17 12:33:41 AM FireCrawler2002
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Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Sverige''), officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Konungariket Sverige''), is a democratic monarchy, with King Carl XVI Gustaf holding the ceremonial crown and about eight different political parties in parliament, depending on popular vote. The monarch is required to be a Protestant (Lutheran). The country also has equal rights for both sexes when it comes to inheriting the throne, having a woman, Crown Princess Victoria as heir apparent.[[note]]In fact, Victoria herself has a female heir apparent in her daughter Princess Estelle.[[/note]] For much of the 20th century, Swedish politics has been dominated by the centre-left Social Democrats, though their influence has waned in recent years. Tage Erlander, the Prime Minister from 1946 to 1969, holds the record for being the longest-serving leader of a democracy.

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Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Sverige''), officially known as the Kingdom of Sweden ('''Swedish:''' ''Konungariket Sverige''), is a Northern European country and democratic monarchy, with King Carl XVI Gustaf holding the ceremonial crown and about eight different political parties in parliament, depending on popular vote. The monarch is required to be a Protestant (Lutheran). The country also has equal rights for both sexes when it comes to inheriting the throne, having a woman, Crown Princess Victoria as heir apparent.[[note]]In fact, Victoria herself has a female heir apparent in her daughter Princess Estelle.[[/note]] For much of the 20th century, Swedish politics has been dominated by the centre-left Social Democrats, though their influence has waned in recent years. Tage Erlander, the Prime Minister from 1946 to 1969, holds the record for being the longest-serving leader of a democracy.
8th Oct '17 7:41:12 PM FireCrawler2002
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* Sweden is the third biggest video game developing country behind the US and Japan, with the majority of indie game developers in the Western world coming from Sweden and Swedish companies making many of the most popular modern video games series, including ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the second highest selling video game in the world only behind ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, Notch, {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena''), DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.) and MachineGames (''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'').

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* Sweden is the third biggest video game developing country in the world behind the US and Japan, with the majority of indie game developers in the Western world coming from Sweden and Swedish companies making many of the most popular modern video games series, including ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the second highest selling video game in the world only behind ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, Notch, {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena''), DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.) and MachineGames Creator/MachineGames (''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'').
8th Oct '17 7:39:19 PM FireCrawler2002
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* For some reason, perhaps the majority of indie game developers in the western world come from Sweden. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Notch]], {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'') and DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.).

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* For some reason, perhaps Sweden is the third biggest video game developing country behind the US and Japan, with the majority of indie game developers in the western Western world come coming from Sweden. Sweden and Swedish companies making many of the most popular modern video games series, including ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the second highest selling video game in the world only behind ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Notch]], Notch, {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'') and ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena''), DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.).) and MachineGames (''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'').
8th Oct '17 5:55:17 PM nombretomado
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* For some reason, perhaps the majority of indie game developers in the western world come from Sweden. DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Notch]], {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'') and DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.).

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* For some reason, perhaps the majority of indie game developers in the western world come from Sweden. DanielRemar, Creator/DanielRemar, Creator/{{Cactus}}, [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Notch]], {{Nifflas}} and Creator/FrictionalGames, among others, are all Swedes. They even hold [[http://www.nomoresweden.com/ an annual indie game development convention]] there. Larger Swedish developers include the likes of Creator/MassiveEntertainment (''VideoGame/GroundControl'', ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict''), Starbreeze Studios (''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'', ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'') and DICE (the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', etc.).
3rd Oct '17 8:03:33 AM Evighet
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* Creator/MaxVonSydow has appeared in some 140 movies since his debut in 1949. Among his more famous parts are Antonius Block, the knight who plays chess with [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''; Jesus in ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold''; Father Merrin in ''Film/TheExorcist''; Joubert in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''; Emperor Ming in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''; Blofeld in ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''; Judge Fargo in ''Film/JudgeDredd'', Director Burgess in ''Film/MinorityReport'', and Esbern is ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.

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* Creator/MaxVonSydow has appeared in some 140 movies since his debut in 1949. Among his more famous parts are Antonius Block, the knight who plays chess with [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''; Jesus in ''Film/TheGreatestStoryEverTold''; Father Merrin in ''Film/TheExorcist''; Joubert in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''; Karl Oskar in ''TheEmigrants''; Emperor Ming in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''; Blofeld in ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''; Judge Fargo in ''Film/JudgeDredd'', Director Burgess in ''Film/MinorityReport'', and Esbern is ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
2nd Oct '17 10:46:09 AM Evighet
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Sweden, having had to deal with a possible threat from Nazi Germany and later the WarsawPact, used to have a pretty advanced military, ''because'' it remains militarily neutral (the idea being that military neutrality is only credible if your military [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself does not rely on one side or the other for vital equipment]]). Sweden had a form of conscription, but as fewer people were conscripted the last decade, and only volunteers could go abroad, it was scrapped in 2010. Sweden tends to get involved in peacekeeping a lot.

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Sweden, having had to deal with a possible threat from Nazi Germany and later the WarsawPact, used to have a pretty advanced military, ''because'' it remains militarily neutral (the idea being that military neutrality is only credible if your military [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself does not rely on one side or the other for vital equipment]]). Sweden had a form of conscription, but as fewer people were conscripted the last decade, and only volunteers could go abroad, it was scrapped in 2010.2010 and brought back again in 2017. Sweden tends to get involved in peacekeeping a lot.
28th Sep '17 3:46:15 PM KizunaTallis
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* Creator/StellanSkarsgard is another Swede who has played FakeRussian roles (he plays one in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' and ''Film/{{Ronin}}''), but he's taken a variety of roles. His son [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander]] has had some recent US success with ''Series/GenerationKill'' and ''Series/TrueBlood''[[labelnote:*]]in which he gets to speak Swedish a lot, if you're interested in how Swedish sounds[[/labelnote]].

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* Creator/StellanSkarsgard is another Swede who has played FakeRussian roles (he plays one in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' and ''Film/{{Ronin}}''), but he's taken a variety of roles. His son [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander]] has had some recent US success with ''Series/GenerationKill'' and ''Series/TrueBlood''[[labelnote:*]]in which he gets to speak Swedish a lot, if you're interested in how Swedish sounds[[/labelnote]].sounds[[/labelnote]]. Another son of his, [[Creator/BillSkarsgard Bill]], has found success on ''Series/HemlockGrove'' and ''Film/It2017''.
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